Author Topic: Which weather feed should you use? (2021)  (Read 3848 times)

Jim

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Which weather feed should you use? (2021)
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:45:54 pm »
LawnCheck supports OpenWeather, Weather Underground Contributor's Feed, and DarkSky weather.   All feeds provide accurate, to-the-hour, local weather conditions and forecasts on a worldwide basis.  So which one should you use?

If you can get a low cost weather station that can stream to Weather Underground then you can get a Contributors Key from Weather Underground.  You can then access weather data from Weather Underground using either your weather station or any other.  Weather Underground uses data from your selected station along with a professional forecast overlay to provide an excellent local weather data source.

OpenWeather and DarkSky provide similar high quality weather data.  Both services use base data drawn from national weather services, and they enhance based on their own meteorological knowledge.   Both provide PoP (Probability of Precipitation) forcasts for today and tomorrow.

DarkSky has been purchased by Apple Computer and so while it remains on-line, it is possible that they terminate their existing API.   If you don't use Weather Underground then OpenWeather is recommended.

Please see our weather setup page for more info.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2021, 01:17:50 pm by Jim »